Awards for Sidney Chefs

Sidney chefs cook up success at UK Hospitality Show.

From 21-23 January 2013 Sidney Chefs were at the NEC Birmingham to compete against the UK’s best at The Hospitality Show, a national event which including the Salon Culinaire and British Open Cookery Championships.

Head Chef Stephen Mather—who is now officially a Master Chocolatier—achieved a bronze for his display of 6 varieties of petit fours, beating chefs from a range of prestigious venues.

Robert Blackwell also entered a set of chocolates and received a merit.

The glass cabinets at the entrance to cafeteria now often house displays of sample chocolates. Recently, this even included a large chocolate in the shape of a pineapple!

Here (right) you can see some shots of our chef’s chocolate work in action.

Brian Girdlestone received a merit for his contribution to the Alaska Seafood Challenge, where he had thirty minutes to prepare, cook and present two plated portions of wild salmon.

Robert Blackwell and Johnny Bridgeman also entered the Schwartz Chef Flavour Pairing Challenge, using selected flavourings to produce a two-course meal for two. They each received a merit for their efforts.

You can see the full list of award winners by visiting the Caterer and Hotelkeeper website.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2013.

For further information please contact the Conference and Events Co-Ordinator, Mrs Vicki Sealy (conference@sid.cam.ac.uk)

News item posted Sunday, 3rd May 2015

  • Chef Ashley Irvine working with chocolate
  • Chef Ashley Irvine working with chocolate
  • A finished petit four
  • A finished petit four
  • Working with chocolate
  • Working with chocolate
  • Brian Girdlestone and Stephen Mather
  • Brian Girdlestone and Stephen Mather